AFFLICTED BY polio and declared 90 per cent physically challenged, Prakash M Nadar can only move with the help of crutches or in a wheelchair.
That, however, hasn’t stopped him from doing his bit to help people. On Saturday, the 39-year-old was at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to donate blood, for the 77th time in his life.
“I just have one disability, while my abilities are many. I am traveling across the country and donating blood so that people gets motivated by seeing me and realize that if a physically challenged person can donate blood, then every healthy person can,” Nadar said, adding that he has donated blood in 10 different states in the last 22 years.
He donates blood four times in a year and has also started an NGO for physically challenged who assist him in the cause.
He has travelled to 10 states to make people aware about this cause. Kerala was his last destination where he got dressed in the attire of Santa Clause to spread the message of gifting blood rather than expensive gift as blood can save lives. The other states that he has visited includes Tamil Nadu , Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry, Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
“ My blood group is Bombay blood, which is very rare. When I travel to other states I get to know about other people who share the same blood group. This helps me in expanding the number of people for this rare blood group.” Nadar explained.
He has also done well in sports. He has impressive tally of 81 gold, 29 silver and 27 bronze medals bagged at various sporting meets across India.
“Regular donors experience iron shortage in their blood. Nadar has donated blood frequently from past 22 years that is why iron level in his blood is low. I have advised him to increase the interval between the donation and have more iron enriched diet,” said Dr Mandeep, PGIMER. Nadar added, “I have been taking care of people’s life from a long time now. Now I will take extra care of my health so that I can bring back my iron level and start donating blood four times a year”.